Psychological problems with switching to Nozbe.com

I’m no psychologist, mind you, but I do like to see myself as an observant and analytical individual.

This post is based purely on my observation over the years of users, and also of myself. Some five years ago I was in the position of any new Nozbe user… no clue about the system… little or no knowledge of the GTD.

 That’s why I have decided to chip in my 5 cents here and point out some of the most common issues a new user might have. Surely, to some this may be discouraging, but I do have to say that it is worth the pain.

 We are all raised with certain beliefs on how one should organize their day. Those principles grow out of observation of our parents, grandparents and later on of our teachers and professors. But for the most part we do not take one aspect into account…that the times change…and as result that which was sufficient or efficient for the older generation might not go well with what is expected of us or what we expect of ourselves. This often leads to frustration and looking for alternative time management solutions.

And here is where Nozbe.com (http://webapp.nozbe.com/a-Amirgse ) appears.

 It is one of many of programs found out there. It is certainly not a cheap solution, but yet tens of thousands of users pay for it. Why do you think they (and I also) feel it is worth it? What is the magic behind it?

 Well, Nozbe concentrates not so much on time management and ordering your tasks as on helping you, encouraging you to get them done… but (yes there is a ‘but’) before you jump at it…it also needs you to think about your duties in a bit of a different way than most of the programs out there. So if you are looking for spending your time on fiddling around with tasks – look elsewhere.  If you want to get things really done – this is the spot for you.

You can say that Nozbe is ‘flat’ in a sense.

There are no priorities. Why? For one, at the end of the day does it really matter what you did first? Or is the fact that you did it more important? I think the fact of getting it done is they key.

Besides if you really need to do things in a certain order and not by their contexts, then ‘drag’n’drop’ allows you to set whatever order you like among your tasks.

There are no sub-tasks or sub-projects. Why? Here David Allen’s book on “Getting Things Done” comes into play … he says that any task that you need to do but requires more then one step is a project… Now why is that? One of the reasons behind it, and behind Nozbe.com being the way it is, is that this flat 1 level organization allows you to see how much you really are getting done and as you task list shortens throughout the day you actually get encouraged to do more and more, because you easily can see the effects. We humans love instant gratification… GTD and Nozbe.com if used properly can give us a sense of it. It is just a different way of looking at the things you do anyway. Multi-level tasks and ever more projects seem never to end…and I do not find that very encouraging if you never really see anything major done.

Now, some can say that they don’t have a problem with that… that most of us have an internal urge for priorities and making multi-level projects that are really very daunting. This is a result of all those years observing how previous generations dealt with matters. For them, with more time, it was fine to sit down with pen and paper and write out their day in point and order… for us… that time can be used for the simple purpose of actually getting things done.

It took me over a year to stop thinking in terms of priorities and looking at things to do in this ‘flat’ perspective. I can’t imagine how hard this can be for older users, but I have to say it is worth every drop of sweat put into it. I do not regret the change I have made, it has made me encouraged and happier about everyday work. And I hope my post will help others in Getting Things Done and being happier about what they do in their daily lives. 

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2 thoughts on “Psychological problems with switching to Nozbe.com

  1. Dan

    I would recommend checking out Gtdagenda for an online GTD manager.

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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